Tigerettes off to best start

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Abby Redferrin saves a ball from going out of bounds before heading up field. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Marshall County took to the road on a rare Saturday game against county rival Cornersville looking to set the school record for consecutive wins to start the season.

The Tigerettes once again used the combination of great defense and fast-paced offense along with youth and experience to shut out the young Bulldogs 5-0 and take their place in the Marshall County record books.

For now.

Summer Garrett has been a solid defender and a goal scorer for the Tigerettes.

"It's a record, but records were made to be broken," Coach Mark Redferrin said. "It's a milestone, it's an accomplishment, it's something that all of these girls can remember and say they were part of. We just hope that we keep doing this."

Believers

Despite Marshall County's perfect record (7-0, 1-0), Cornersville (2-5-1, 2-2) still believed that if it played well it would have a chance for the upset.

"We never thought that we couldn't beat them," Cornersville senior Anna Claire Foster said. "We have a lot of young players that have been getting better each game. We spend the pregame going around and getting each other pumped up."

Youth was served early for Marshall County as sophomore Grace Smith and freshman Patience Ferguson scored in the opening half to give the Tigerettes a quick 2-0 cushion.

"I'm really happy to be a part of this team," Smith said. "It's special to be part of this record."

Extending lead

Senior Abby Redferrin, coming off two consecutive hat tricks, scored just inside the midfield mark to up the lead to 3-0.

The often-overlooked Marshall County defense, led by juniors Summer Garrett and Lesley Hudson kept Cornersville away from the goal for the better part of the game.

"We're the safety net," Garrett said. "Our main objective anytime we get the ball is to get it up the field in motion so we can get our defensive attack set back up."

During the season-opening seven game streak, the Tigerettes defense has allowed just five goals with four of those coming in two games (Forrest, Middle Tennessee Crusaders). The Tigerettes have scored 41 goals.

Defense

"The defense rarely gets any credit," Coach Redferrin said. "Nobody sees the stats on the stops or the stats on tackles. People don't see that in the newspaper. All they see is goals, assists and the final score.

"Our defense was a major concern for us coming into this year but that isn't anymore. Those back six are playing some really good ball."

Despite their best effort, the Bulldogs couldn't find an answer for Ferguson who scored three goals for the second straight game to give the Tigerettes a 5-0 score to end the contest.

Young team

"We're babies. We're young," Cornersville coach Lindsey Browning said. "We had one senior on the field and the rest were underclassmen, so we're learning. We made a few mistakes on defense and Marshall County capitalized on them. That's what good teams do.

"But, we played well in my opinion. This is the most competitive group of girls I've ever had."

The Tigerettes put their unbeaten record on the line at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home for a Senior Night match with district rival Loretto. The Bulldogs aimed to bounce back from the loss at 5:30 Tuesday at home against Hickman County.